ANIC is looking for ideas that will transform the way that African media work. This means that your idea should offer significant and tangible improvements to existing tools or techniques, or should propose new ways for African journalists to gather news, tell stories, engage with audiences, or sustain media organisations.
Ideas that have the potential to be replicated or that could scale continentally will have an advantage.
Rate the accuracy of claims made by politicians, with the aim of keeping the electorate well-informed and the politicians honest.
Politifact.com does this for the US. TruthGuage.org will focus on Africa, starting in Ghana. A mobile-friendly website and Facebook integration will allow us to better serve Africa’s young population.
News is replete with claims by politicians about achievements, macroeconomic indicators, their track records, etc, some of which are either inaccurate or false. Democracy is better-served when voters elect leaders based on accurate information. Currently, fact-checking claims by politicians in Ghana and other African countries is a huge challenge.
Our team will monitor news outlets and create a list of all the claims made by major political actors on major aspects of national life such as the economy, human rights, records of particular governments, education, healthcare, etc. All noteworthy claims will be fact-checked and an unbiased verdict will be reached based on thorough research by the team, including consulting some of the most credible individuals and organisations on the issue in question. The verdict will be shared via the website and social media networks. The rigour that will be applied to fact-checking will be our key success factor.
1. Samuel Darko – Co-Founder of Streemio; District Rotaract Representative Elect, 2013 – 2014 (Ghana, Togo, Benin, Niger)
3. Nii Amon Dsane – Lead Developer, GenKey Africa
None. We however have a high-level business plan as well as version one of the system architecture in place.
Additional funding will be sought from funding agencies with an interest in promoting governance on the continent. Banner ads for politically neutral products and services may also be considered to generate revenue to keep the site up and pay for the costs associated with fact-checking claims by political actors.